After resurrection, Jesus stayed on the earth and appeared to his disciples for 40 days so that they can believe his resurrection, which was literally unbelievable. While he was doing that, Jesus, in our passage, came to Peter, who must have been disturbing because of what had happened on the day Jesus was arrested. He would keep thinking about that night, his denial and Jesus' look.
Peter was fishing that night and he got nothing until almost dawn. At that time Jesus came and asked whether he caught anything. They didn't. And Jesus asked them to cast the nets on the right side. Then, they got a lot of fish. It was Jesus. And Jesus was producing the scene when they met first and be called in Luke 5. And the reason is that Jesus was trying to restore Peter. This is God's grace which never stops even though we make mistakes and fail.
Then Jesus gave them bread and fish. He meets their physical needs. Our God provides not only the spiritual things but also provides the physical needs. That's what we can learn.
Also, Jesus asked Peter 'Do you love me?' three times, and gave him another mission. By asking three times, Jesus is giving the 2nd chance so that Peter can be comforted by declare his love to Jesus in front of people. Yet, he relied on Jesus even he answers to Jesus, because he realized that he cannot depend on himself.
And Jesus finally said to Peter 'follow me' which means Jesus still wanted Peter to be his disciples, even after all his failure. This shows us how great God's grace is and I hope this grace compels us to love God more, and make changes in our daily lives.
1. Youngseo Park is going back to S. Korea this Wednesday.
2. Junsu Kim and Ian Park is graduating this Saturday.
3. We will have a church-wide cookout and clean-up next Sunday. So EM will join to the Youth Service at 11:00am, while the teacher will remain and worship in each group.